Being physically weaker is not a disadvantage when it comes to self-defence, and these Kapap moves show how to do it. By Dawn Chen
Kapap (pronounced “ker-pup”) actually stands for Krav Panim El Panim – Hebrew for face-to-face combat. This style of self-defence originated in the Israeli Special Forces in the 1940s, and is known for being effective without requiring brute force. By combining the knowledge of physics and biomechanics (body movement), Kapap teaches you how to “play smart” and prepares you to defend yourself in realistic situations, such as on gravelled ground or against multiple attackers.
Guided by Kapap Academy chief instructor Qin Yunquan, our writer takes on Roger Chan, Yunquan’s co-instructor who is assigned the ‘baddie’ role here, and demonstrates how to get out of these difficult situations. (The only centre in Singapore to conduct training in this style of self-defence, Kapap Academy offers courses for women and can tailor programmes to participants’ needs.)
Difficult Situation #1: Being Cornered
How to defend yourself against the attacker Bend your index and middle finger together like a bird’s beak. At a 45-degree angle, jab the attacker in the cavity just above his collar bone [shown]. Alternatively, jab his jugular notch (just below the Adam’s apple). Force applied on these pressure points can cause significant pain.
Difficult Situation #2: An Arm Around Your Shoulder
How to defend yourself against the attacker Use your arm closest to the attacker’s body to reach over his shoulder. Place your fourth finger against his philtrum (vertical groove under nose) and tilt his head backwards while lowering your body to take him down [shown].
Next: More moves to overcome an aggressor